Functional renal imaging: Nonvascular renal disease

H. J. Michaely, K. A. Herrmann, Kambiz Nael, N. Oesingmann, M. F. Reiser, S. O. Schoenberg

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Functional renal imaging-a fast-growing field of MR-imaging-applies different sequence types to gather information about the kidneys other than morphology and angiography. This update article presents the current status of different functional imaging approaches and presents current and potential clinical applications. Apart from conventional in-phase and opposed-phase imaging, which already yields information about the tiusse composition, BOLD (blood-oxygenation level dependent) sequences, DWI (diffusion-weighted imaging) sequences, perfusion measurements, and dedicated contrast agents are used.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalAbdominal Imaging
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2007
Externally publishedYes



  • ASL
  • BOLD
  • Diffusion-weighted imaging
  • DWI
  • Functional renal imaging
  • Kidney
  • Renal perfusion
  • Spin labeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology
  • Urology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

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Michaely, H. J., Herrmann, K. A., Nael, K., Oesingmann, N., Reiser, M. F., & Schoenberg, S. O. (2007). Functional renal imaging: Nonvascular renal disease. Abdominal Imaging, 32(1), 1-16.